Chlamydia – what’s the campaign about?
We think pharmacists have the potential to play a greater role in raising awareness of the risks of STIs and helping people get access to early treatment through Chlamydia testing and signposting to relevant services.
We ran a campaign to highlight that Chlamydia tests are available from pharmacies. Coverage included 38 web hits including The Sun and The Independent, seven radio interviews and four newspaper articles.
What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?
About 75 % of women and 50% of men will not show any symptoms of infection. Symptoms can appear weeks or months after coming into contact with Chlamydia and can include:
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sex
- Heavier periods (including those using hormonal contraception such as the pill)
- Pain and/or bleeding when you have sex
- Lower abdominal pain
- Pain when passing urine
- a white/cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis
- pain when passing urine
- possible pain in the testicles.
Around one in ten sexually active young people under the age of 25 test positive for Chlamydia.
About 50% of men and 75% of women with Chlamydia don’t experience any symptoms, but if left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to infertility and cause serious long-term health problems.
Many pharmacies provide free Chlamydia testing for young people but our Chlamydia survey showed that less than half of the under 25 age group knew they could get a free Chlamydia test from their local pharmacy.
Pharmacists can also give you advice about your sexual health and provide condoms to help protect against sexually transmitted infections.